MetalBite Review by Tobias on 5/9/2001
seems very much like the next logical step in Fear Factory
ís growth. Muscle bound cybernetic melodic death metal isnít exactly the norm these days and therefore itís quite refreshing. Although weíve all heard the components separately and in varied other combinations, Fear Factory
does a very good job fusing the elements into something that can be appreciated by many different types of metal fans.
Those who have dropped accusations of Fear Factory
"selling out" and going Nu-Metal smoke crack for a living. Donít trust Ďem! In fact, as a general rule of thumb, donít trust anyone who actively uses the phrase "sell out" because those monkey-beaters are the ones who have bought into the freak show of couch-side critics that have sold out to the very process of labeling others. I politely ask you all to respond to those who use the phrase "sell out" by punching them in the face.
A basic rule of survival is diversify or die. Fear Factory
is doing exactly that and theyíre doing it damned well. The trick to diversification in music is to either draw from what other completely different styles do or create something completely new yourself. Bringing in melodic growls with that uniquely digitally haunting clean Burton C. Bell
vox over rigid riffs that seem to be back-boned by an influence of Ministry
ís The Mind is a Terrible Thing To Taste
, seems to accomplish both ideas.
is just loaded with high points and some really massive sounds. Some of my favorites are Damaged
and the wildly interesting Invisible Wounds
Ö hell, Iím listening to it as I write and there are so many great tracks on here I donít know what the hell to say about all of them without writing a paragraph for each.
Ok, Iím sure youíve heard the buzz about B Real
of the premiere stoner rap group Cypress Hill
showing up on the track Back the Fuck Up
. Does anyone remember the Public Enemy
collaboration known as Bring the Noise
? This isnít as badass, but it sure as hell is harder and rougher. Even those weary of metal rap (myself included) will have to give this one a nod. If you donít like it, so what, itís one track and a short one at that.
continues with their use of sporadic digital mechanical sounding sampling. The difference on Digimortal
is that it seems much more controlled and tastefully used. The problem that I found with this album is that occasionally some of the lyrical rhythms seem a bit contrived and rehashed, but considering FF
ís style, thatís not all that bad. Also, there are on occasion a track like Acres of Skin
which starts out sounding a bit boring, but by mid-song it surprises the hell out of you with some pretty mean Burton
Melodic Sound Walls.
A lot more clean vocals for the better! Nu-Metal labellers can suck some monkey crotch rot, no nu-metal here.